Mercedes Bern-Klug, PhD, MSW, MA
Professor, School of Social Work
Director, UI Aging and Longevity Studies Program
308 NH
Mercedes Bern-Klug was born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa.  She earned a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa, a master’s degree in Applied Demography from Georgetown University (Washington DC) and a doctorate in Social Welfare from the University of Kansas.
Professor Bern-Klug is a gerontological social work faculty member in the School of Social Work.  Her scholarship is in the area of long-term care needs of older adults, and their family members.  She contributes to the research literature in the area of surrogate medical decision-making.  Most of her research involves people who live in nursing homes.  She coordinates the National Nursing Home Social Work Network which helps connect practicing nursing home social workers.
Mercedes directs the Aging and Longevity Studies Program, which is administered by the School of Social Work.  Students in any major can earn a certificate in Aging and Longevity Studies, and undergraduate students in any major can earn a minor.